Contact information

penny.fowler@blueyonder.co.uk

84 Middleton Road, Hackney, London E8 4LN

020 7254 2707

The studio can be visited by appointment.

 

Penny Fowler

Artist's Statement

As a London based potter my work reflects 21st century living and the city in which I live and work. It is characterised by clean, precise lines and forms using a strong palette. My objective in working with clay is to create beautiful dynamic forms.

I use porcelain and bone china clays. I make moulds in which I cast my forms which enables me to make very thin fine forms, often using layers or inlays of different coloured clays. The forms are hand carved and then finely sanded to achieve a natural smooth ÔpebbleĠ like quality. I often make forms that link together as pairs.

My aim is to explore the subtlety of the hollow form in which the function is secondary to the form. My interest in bone china is to create carved forms with variable areas of translucency, exploring the possibilities of light and shade, sometimes incorporating opaque areas with additional colour.

I do not see my work as primarily functional, rather than as pieces in their own right which enhance the interior in which they are placed and as pieces in which form and decoration become fused.

Inspiration is always from life and drawn from a wide variety of sources including people, architectural features and objects in museums.

My work arises from abstracting, developing and combining different aspects of the natural and the man-made world.

Education

BA Ceramics - Central School of Art, London
Postgraduate Diploma in Ceramics - Goldsmiths College, London

Professional Associations

Professional member of the Craft Potters Association
Founder Member of Broadway Ceramics Gallery, Hackney
Society of Designer Craftsmen
London Potters

Publications

Work has appeared in the following publications
  • The Potters Manual, Kenneth Clark. Macdonald Orbis, 1991
  • Potters, CRP, 2000
  • Porcelain and Bone China, Sasha Wardell, The Crowood Press, 2005
  • The Ceramics Book, CRP, 2006
  • Colouring Clay, Jo Connell, A and C Black Publishing, 2007
  • The Ceramics Book, CRP, 2008
 

Events, Outlets and Exhibitions

Future Events

Oct/Nov 2009, The Gallery at Bevere, Worcestershire
Nov/Dec 2009, Genesis 09, S.D.C. gallery, Rivington Street, London
Nov/Jan 2009, Crafted 2009, The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, Hampshire
Open Studio, 28/29 November, 5/6 December 2009

Selected Exhibitions

1994 XIVe Biennale. Internationale De Ceramique D'Art, Vallauris
1998 Alpha House Gallery, Sherbourne, Dorset
1999 Geffrye Museum, London. 'Best of Hackney'
1998-2005 Broadway Ceramics, Hackney, London E8
2000 Woodlands Art Gallery Greenwich. Four Play - Four rooms - Four Artists
2001 Contemporary Ceramics Gallery, London. Showcase exhibition
2002 Beatrice Royal, Eastleigh, Hampshire. Wedding Showcase
2002 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2003 Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, London
2003 Oxford Studio Ceramics, St Edwards School, Oxford
2004 Morton Contemporary Art, Pimlico, London
2004 Artspace, Barn galleries, Aston, Henley on Thames
2004 Earth and Fire, Rufford Crafts Centre, Rufford, Notts
2004 Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, London
2004 Hidden Art Revealed, Geffrye Museum, London
2004-5 Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, Showcase exhibition
2005 Bluecoats Display Centre, Liverpool, Window exhibition
2005 Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, London
2005 Zetter Restaurant, London Design Show, Clerkenwell, London
2005-6 Anvari Art, Putney
2006 Cabot Square Showcase, Canary Wharf, London
2006 Earth and Fire - Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
2006 Window Exhibition, Eton Applied Arts, Eton, Berkshire
2006 Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, London
2006 London Potters, Morley Gallery, London
2006 Contemporary Ceramics, London- 'Gifted'
2007 'Objects of Desire', Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham
2007 Anvari Arts at Air Gallery, Dover Street, WC1
2007 'CPA at 50', The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester
2007 'Porcelain,' St Josephs Galerie, Leewwarden, The Netherlands
2007 Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, London
2008 The Contemporary Crafts Fair at Bovey Tracey, Devon
2008 Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, London
2008/9 Leeds City Art Gallery, In the Spotlight
2008 Christmas Show, Contemporary Ceramics, London
2009 Ferrers Gallery, Showcase Exhibition, Ashby de la Zouch
2009 Artspace, Henley on Thames
2009 Art in Action, Ceramics Demonstrator, Waterperry House, Oxfordshire
2009 Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, London

Outlets

Contemporary Ceramics, London
Leigh Gallery, Hastings
Bluecoats Display Centre, Liverpool
Gallery on the Square, St Ives, Cornwall
St Joseph Galerie, Leewarden, The Ntherlands
Own studio by appointment

Links

Hidden Art
broadwayceramics.com
londonpotters.com
anvariart.com
www.bouf.com